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March 28, 2019

Four things to do at Barossa Seasons’ autumn edition

A mystery paddock-to-plate dinner with the Barossa's underground food and wine producers, and three more ways to celebrate the turn of the season in the Barossa next weekend.

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  • Words: Johnny von Einem
  • Pictures: Supplied

As vintage in the state’s most renowned wine region winds down, Barossa Seasons has programmed an array of events to showcase the best of the Barossa – from the old and the new guard.

Whether you’re into mystery dinners, market tours, restaurant-hopping through the Barossa’s best venues, or drinking Sangria as the final late afternoon sun sets, Barossa Seasons: Autumn is the perfect time to travel north.

Below, CityMag has listed our picks of the three-day festival, and you can see the full roster of events at the Barossa Seasons website.


Subterranean Supper Club

Saturday, 6 April at a mystery Eden Hill location.


The Subterranean Supper Club as a concept began almost as soon as Abby Osborne and Julian Velasquez founded their South American-influenced Greenock eatery, El Estanco, but only in the last couple of years have they formalised it by giving it a name.

The couple found like minds in a few local winemakers and decided to invite the public into their world for a night, to meet the producers and get to know some of the new faces shaking up preconceived notions of what a Barossa producer is – all the while feasting on the fare Abby and Julian cook up in a nearby fire pit.

“People are loving that they’re seeing the small, unusual misfits coming out of the Barossa,” Abby says.

“There’s definitely a new wave of wine producers and food producers and chefs coming through that are going to really shake the box in the Barossa.”

Along with great wine from The Mysterious Mr Black, Geyer Wine Co and Arno Wine Co., the 2019 edition of Subterranean Supper Club will be the first time Abby and Julian will prepare a paddock-to-plate meal from their Eden Hill farm.

“We’re so lucky to be in this position… we’ve raised the cow, butchered the cow, and so we’re in the whole process from paddock to plate, from start to finish,” Abby says.

“We’ve done pigs, lamb, cows, we’ll start to do more vegetables and that sort of stuff, we’ve got a fig tree up there. It’s amazing. You just have a [different] relationship. I know this cow is going to have the best possible life it’s going to have, and we treat it with utter respect, and… the food miles are zero, we know it’s had an amazing life, it just brings another level to the dinner.


Unlike other events in the region, the Barossa Seasons series has made room for smaller players, like El Estanco, to share in the Barossa’s long-lingering spotlight, and introduce their own take on the locale’s great legacy.

“Generally I think it’s been quite a few of the bigger wineries being able to do something different, and it’s quite hard to do it at the same time so we’re not competing with each other,” Abby says.

“The Barossa Seasons has highlighted different producers, and it’s let the smaller people have a play. It’s giving a platform for the smaller producers and smaller wine people to come up and show what we’re about.”

Tickets are almost gone for Subterranean Supper Club, so get in quick and purchase at the link.


Barossa Movable feast

Sunday, 7 April starting at Appellation, 375 Seppeltsfield Road, Marananga 5355


Not the settling-into-your-seat kind of lunch, but one that keeps you on your toes, the Barossa Movable Feast will see patrons ferried between some of the Barossa’s finest dining venues.

The event will start at Appellation, where guests will be treated to a menu paired with Seppeltsfield Road Distillers’ gin; the party will then move six minutes up the road to FINO Seppeltsfield, where a “regional shared menu” will be laid out; and the day will wrap up at the iconic Hentley Farm for dessert.

The cost of transport is all rolled into your $206 ticket, so wear some comfortable shoes and buckle up. There’s no more convenient way to experience the Barossa’s premier hospitality venues.

See more information on the Barossa Movable Feast at the link.


Taste the Barossa Farmers Market

Saturday, 6 April at the corner of Nuriootpa and Stockwell Roads, Angaston 5353


The Barossa Farmers Market is offering two levels of experience for the adventurous market-dweller during the autumn edition of Barossa Seasons.

Hosted by Barossa Walks, ticket holders will be led through a guided tour of the market, introduced to producers, treated to samples, and you’ll even get a souvenir calico bag – ready to be stuffed full of the very best in Barossa produce and transported back to your pantry.

For those wanting something a little more experiential, for an extra $30 Barossa Walks is also putting together a Barossa breakfast, “comprised of the finest produce of the Market, served and introduced by the producers who have grown or made it.”

With stomachs sufficiently full, the guests will then be led on the same tour outlined above.

Find further information on the Taste the Barossa Farmers Market tour, including times and ticket prices, at the link.


Art, Vino & Vinyl at Lindsay Wine Estate

Saturday, 6 April at Lindsay Wine Estate, 15 Vine Vale Road, Tanunda 5352


We’ve been slowly (begrudgingly) acclimating to autumn 2019 since the calendar ticked over almost a month ago, but it’s about to get very real. The clocks are set to be turned back at 3am on Sunday, 7 April. Darkness cometh.

See out the final long afternoon of autumn in the best way possible by heading along to Lindsay Wine Estate’s Art, Vino & Vinyl party, where artwork from Maggie and Tonks, Ashlea van Riet, 10TKL, Nate Finch, Tarns, and Cooper Pinch (who will be creating a piece live) will be accompanied by vinyl tunes, food from Taste of Spain, coffee and espresso martinis from People Vs Coffee (under new ownership since we saw them last), and, of course, wine from the hosts at Lindsay Wine Estate.

Crackle and Pop will also be in attendance for you to flick through their collection of new vinyl.

Grab a glass of sangria and say goodbye to the last long day for a little while.

Entry to the event is free. More information on Art, Vino & Vinyl at Lindsay Wine Estate available at the link.


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